Message to patrons about COVID–19 safety

January 6, 2022

Dear library patrons,

Since March 2020 our community has been trying to maintain a connection while keeping personal safety a top priority. Multnomah County Library has no plans to close all libraries as a result of the current wave of COVID-19 infections. Unlike early in the pandemic, we now better understand the science of Covid and the steps we can take to stay safer in library spaces. 

However, our libraries are run by people and it is likely that we will have isolated closures in response to staffing shortages due to exposures or illness. We know that keeping our doors open is the best way to serve our patrons. 

Multnomah County Library’s primary goal is to maintain public access to libraries. Covid exposure or illness will likely cause staffing shortages. This may mean intermittent closures or changes to branch schedules. 

Our job is to provide first-class service to our patrons and our staff is proud to work with diverse communities. We will be transparent in our decisions and clear about what services are available if closures happen. 

To keep updated on any changes to your local library please check the Location and Hours page of our website before visiting. 

If your library is closed, there are several ways to get in touch with library staff. Find out more on the Contact Us page. 

For information about vaccinations, testing, and more resources visit Multnomah County’s COVID-19 page

Thank you for your patronage of Multnomah County Library. 

Vailey Oehlke
Director of Libraries